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Sky Go Extra offline viewing service launches for Android and iOS devices

Leading UK cable operator Sky has confirmed that an expansion of its existing Sky Go service will begin rolling out for iOS and Android this week.

For £5 a month, customers can subscribe to Sky Go Extra and download content for offline viewing on a range of gadgets including most iPhones (3GS and up), all iPads, and 26 popular Android offerings including the Google Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

To promote the arrival of the app-based service, Sky is offer new and existing customers a free two-month trial. Downloads will enjoy a one-month lifespan and users will be able to grab as much content as their handset or tablet can hold. Each subscription will allow access on up to four devices.

Sky is billing content exclusivity as one of the key selling points of Sky Go Extra, with the network boasting that it furnishes around 70 per cent of the top 100 films within six months of their release - apparently more than rival VoD platforms Netflix and Lovefilm combined.

"Sky Go Extra is the first mobile TV subscription service in the UK and Ireland to offer Hollywood movies to download and watch offline. With a choice of hundreds of titles exclusive to Sky Movies available to download at any one time, Sky Go Extra customers who subscribe to the Sky Movies pack will be able to download blockbuster releases around six months after they have ended their run in cinemas," the provider said in a statement.

In addition to films, Sky Go Extra will also enable users to download the latest shows from channels like Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic - home to US hits like the Simpsons, Boardwalk Empire and Girls.

Interested parties will want to note that Sky Go Extra will only allow subscribers to download content from channels they already pay for as part of their main Sky package - a fiver a month alone won't privy you to Sky Movies on your iPad mini, in other words.